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Defining the purpose, process and perspective of family wealth
Family wealth decisions are often difficult. Through this paper we seek to help individuals and families enhance their own abilities to successfully navigate their decision-making. These three questions are the backbone of developing structure in your family, and the backbone of this paper.
Patricia and Michael Parker1 spent decades building their family business by taking risks, pushing for strategic growth, and relying on instinct and hard-earned experience in their field. But when their children became teenagers, they began to feel out of their element when it came to managing their personal wealth and discussing it with their family. The mentality that allowed them to build wealth was not the same mentality that would preserve their wealth—or even effectively pass it down. They quickly found supporting family members in building financial knowledge and skills was not the same as running a successful business.
Our goal is to support wealthy families and their advisors to make more effective decisions around wealth. To do so, we combine three elements:
In this whitepaper, we’ll lay out the changes a family such as the Parkers would make to actively develop their family culture to work with the opportunities and challenges that managing wealth brings—both for wealth creators and the rising generations.
Read the full paper to discover all of the tools and guidance we provide to help families make effective wealth decisions, including a clear and concise decision making plan, and an in depth look at the difficult topics surrounding wealth decisions, such as:
2 Behavioral economics combines the disciplines of psychology and economics to explain why we don't always make rational economic decisions. The field identifies and examines the biases that influence our actions, and offers insights to encourage people to make better informed decisions.